LIFTS NEW BOSS

War­bur­ton says late goal proves they have de­sire

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Nu­gent – who had been starved of ser­vice in the first-half – then headed the Rams in front, meet­ing Bradley Johnson’s hang­ing cross to nod in off the post on 53 min­utes.

Ince then clipped the bar with a dip­ping free-kick on 57 min­utes, and young For­est keeper Jor­dan Smith had to be at his best to turn Alex Pearce’s down­ward header wide seven min­utes later as Derby pressed.

Ince cut in­side and fired wide across goal on 74 min­utes, and Smith got down well just mo­ments later to turn Ja­cob But- ter­field’s low, skid­ding ef­fort round the post.

And Smith’s saves were to prove vi­tal as, af­ter sub­sti­tute Apos­to­los Vel­lios had already hit the post in stop­page time, un­marked Pinil­los headed in Os­born’s cor­ner in the fi­nal minute to equalise.

Rowett was left to rue his side’s fail­ure to see out the game in stop­page-time, but oth­er­wise ad­mit­ted he had few com­plaints about his first week in charge.

“You al­ways have to have an over­view and ra­tio­nale about the first game in charge,” he said.

“It was a poor first goal to con­cede, but I thought af­ter 30 min­utes we stepped up.

“In all fair­ness, I don’t think For­est hurt us apart from the goal.

“We had a cou­ple of mo­ments at 2-1 where we could have taken the game away from them, but the dis­ap­point­ing thing from there is – hav­ing been in con­trol – we have to see things out.

“But the play­ers have been re­ally re­cep­tive and it’s just a dif­fer­ent voice, a dif­fer­ent way of do­ing things and I think they’ve taken it on board this week.”

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